Church’s £50k window appeal

A FUNDRAISING appeal to fix a historic Sudbury church window gets under way this week, with an autumn market being held in town on Saturday to kickstart the collection.

Around £50,000 is needed to replace the broken glass in the north-facing All Saints’ Church window and to restore and repair the crumbling walls surrounding it. Skilled stone masons will help with the restoration.

The repairs to the 600-year-old feature come after work costing £15,000 was recently completed on the front window of the Church Street building.

Vicar the Rev Simon Gill said: “This is a north-facing window which is in a very bad state of repair, affected by both the weather and old age.

“The metalwork has been rubbed away, and the stonework is crumbling. The work required to restore it is quite substantial.”

Grants from English Heritage and the Suffolk Historical Church Trust have helped to restore the church’s front window, and further grants are being applied for the latest window requiring restoration.

“The market is our biggest single fundraising event to keep our building in good repair and we hope to raise around £2,000,” added Mr Gill.

The market takes place in St Peter’s on Market Hill from 9.30am to 2.30pm.